My name is Byron Laws. I founded Stillness Center in 2020, just as the global COVID pandemic began to emerge. Stillness Center is a meditation teaching practice located in Fort Collins, Colorado.
A Stillness Center is within each of us, as a sense of being fully in the here and now. Daily meditation practice is a method of directly contacting the Stillness within, promoting the release of unhealthy stress, increasing vitality and deepening self-awareness.
Five reasons to meditate: 1. Reduce stress and anxiety 2. Be more self-aware and present 3. Increase energy and vitality 4. Greater focus and clarity 5. Greater happiness and well-being
My story: I have been a long-time occasional meditator, going back nearly 20 years. Over the last five years I established a twice daily meditation practice. Initially, as my meditation practice deepened, I found myself meditating for hours each day and night, which became a bit difficult to manage based on the demands of daily life. I’m a parent, work full-time in scholarly publishing, and volunteer in several areas of interest in the community, so I definitely understand that life is busy!
Around the time I had decided that I no longer had enough hours in the day and would have to cut back on my meditation practice, I came across a great book by Jonni Pollard, a Vedic meditation teacher, called The Golden Sequence. In the book, Jonni outlines a process by which we can learn to develop the skills necessary to reclaim our humanity and become “professional human beings”.
I completed the 1 Giant Mind teacher training program and was certified to teach meditation in early 2020. My partner Melanie and I teach a “Being” technique which is based on ancient Vedic practice. This technique creates mental space for us to become directly aware of the simplicity of our own existence in the present moment, and is practiced for 20 minutes twice daily (morning and mid-afternoon). We look forward with anticipation to each opportunity to teach, as the experience we gain from teaching also deepens our own learning and practice.
We teach a 3-day Learn Meditation course. This technique is an easy and practical method of finding the Stillness and is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators. We call this daily practice, “Meditation for the Modern World”.
Feel free to watch all or part of the intro video below, in which I describe my vision for Stillness Center and offer a short guided meditation.
Even more info: The Stillness Center is also a place. A purpose-built retreat center is coming into being in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. Designs of the primary center building are below; a ground-breaking ceremony is planned for 2022.